With the tragic events of Sunday casting a shadow over the club, it’s easy to forget that BSV II won yet another nailbiter the day before against RCD II. As the saying goes, you can do things the easy way or the hard way. Britannia, as usual, chose the latter variant.
Winning the toss and batting first, the tactics were simple. Use the super new opening partnership to grind down the opening bowlers, get to the later overs and then let the aggressive middle order take us to an insurmountable total.
Well, that was the plan at any rate. Two overs later and the loss of the skipper caught behind to a cracking delivery and Vijay hitting a full toss straight down cover’s throat put a spanner in the works somewhat. A typically aggressive spell from Maddy wrenched control back towards us, but some extremely suspect shots from the middle and lower order undid the good work. Only some good shotmaking from Farooq and Siddiqi got us to a very modest 119 with nine overs left.
With the two narrow losses against BCCB in the back of all our minds, we had to restrict both the score and the extras. As usual, Arun made the breakthrough with two wickets, ably supported by Rajan. Despite this, each over brought wides with it, meaning the Dresden batsmen only had to see off the good balls to stay ahead of the run rate. With wickets falling to some good (mixed in with some awful bowling) and dangerman Francis eventually out to a corker from Arun, the pendulum swung again.
The match eventually hinged on two inspired (*cough*) bowling changes, with Tipu levering out Rahul and Sunil bowling with wonderful economy. It was left to the VC himself to pick up the final wicket, caught off a top edge by the safe hands of Siddiqi. With a meager seven runs the difference, the Verbandsliga is certainly getting its money’s worth from Britannia this season. We’ll simply leave those shots and the 45 wides (in words FORTY FIVE) uncommented!